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  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0687045592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0687045594
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,922,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael J. Christensen is Director of the D.Min. program of Drew University Theological School in Madison, New Jersey.

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Michael J. Christensen, Ph.D.
Michael J. Christensen (M.A., Yale, Ph.D., Drew), is Associate Professor in the Practice of Spirituality and Director of the Shalom Initiative for Prophetic Leadership and Community Development at Drew University. He also is Senior Pastor of Epworth Berkeley United Methodist Church and Founder of WorldHope Corps, Inc.

He was "graduated with distinction" from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, with a B.A. in Literature and a minor in Psychology (1977). He has an M.A. in Religion from Yale Divinity School (1981) and a Ph.D. in Theological and Religious Studies from Drew University (1997). Currently, his research and writing interests include: apocalyptic eschatology, comparative spirituality, inter-religious theology, asset based community development, and social transformation.

Ordained in the Church of the Nazarene and a clergy member of The United Methodist Church, Dr. Christensen is author or editor of nine books and numerous articles on practical theology and spiritual practice.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Max G. Parish on April 11, 2009
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This book, as the title indicates, is a commentary on Lewis's views on Scripture. It locates itself within the innerancy debate that raged most strongly several decades ago in Evangelical Christianity. But the book remains relevant today for those interested in the views of Lewis, not only on Scripture, but on literary inspiration in general. Some Lewis scholars have rated this book rather low, but I found it to be quite helpful and, from my present research and knowledge on Lewis, accurate.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stevie Jake on November 6, 2012
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Many Christians today are quite familiar with CS Lewis. Yet many are completely oblivious to Lewis' view regarding scripture. This is where Christensen comes in to enlighten us. Christensen set out (as a senior in college!) to put together a quick commentary on the perception of Lewis towards the Bible. Is it inerrant? Is it inspired? Is it authoritative? These are all questions that Christensen explores. No doubt some Christians will be surprised where Lewis stands on some of these issues. But as Christensen says, Lewis is "neither theologically liberal nor conservative; he defies classification".

Christensen goes over such things as Lewis' view towards literature, theology, Biblical criticism, inspiration, revelation, et al. Moreover, Christensen's articulation of Lewis' views of myth and how it relates to the Divine message is worth the price of the book alone.

I highly recommend this book to any CS Lewis fan as well as any individual who wants to gain a more mature view of scripture. I guarantee that a reader of this book will gain new insights into scripture and the role that it must play in our Christian lives.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maverick on December 5, 2012
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This little book is a gem. Attempting to read some books in defence of inerrancy by conservative evangelicals can amount to the theological equivalent of watching paint dry: tedious, torturous, and unimaginative. Thank God for C.S. Lewis! Hailed as "an unorthodox defender of orthodoxy", the author points out that Lewis was neither theologically liberal nor conservative; he defied classification. (Anyone looking for a contemporary equivalent to Lewis should read Robert Farrar Capon.)

Lewis held to the inspiration of Scripture but not strict inerrancy. This is by no means problematic for suffocated evangelicals longing for a "baptized imagination", by which one can bypass the propositions and systems that so often hinder one's intuitive perception of reality. To quote the author of the book:

"To fully grasp the essential message of the Bible, an intuitive approach to its literary images is necessary. To try to abstract truth rationally from Scripture or to reduce embodied Reality to absolute propositions is 'like trying to bottle a sunbeam'. The Bible simply is not meant to be read that way."

As the author also adds, Lewis came to learn that theology could not be completely domesticated by reason, and the mysteries of faith could not be reduced to a precise, logical system. Lewis didn't feel the need to explain away the tensions and paradoxes inherent in the Christian faith. For mature believers tired of the usual fare, this is actually a liberating thing. Others will prefer to stay within the comfort zone of predictable apologists like Josh McDowell, Norman Geisler, and recent publications by Crossway.
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